Gender Ministry lauded for underprivileged sensitivity

SONY DSCThe new United Nations Resident Co-ordinator, Ms. Christine Evans-Klock, has commended the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection for implementing a number of programmes to promote the welfare of the masses, particularly, the underprivileged.

She said she had been following closely the numerous activities the sector had been undertaking notably, the welfare of Children, Gender and Social Protection and the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) programme among others.

Ms. Evans-Klock gave the commendation yesterday when she paid a courtesy call on the sector minister, Mrs. Nana Oye Lithur, at her office.

She said her outfit would continue to address the needs of the masses.

For her part, Nana Oye Lithur said the government was not leaving any stone unturned to ensure the welfare of the masses.

The ministry, she said, had also begun the construction of a multipurpose office to co-ordinate all LEAP programmes across the country, noting that “when it is completed, it will be the first of its kind in Africa”.

At the just-ended UN meeting in New York, the minister said the ministry had the opportunity to showcase what Ghana has been doing, particularly on the welfare of rural women among others, to the world.

The conference, she said, also discussed 20 years after Beijing conference on Affirmative Action and other issues that sought to address the welfare of gender, children and social protection.

Nana Oye Lithur said this year also marked 40 years since Ghana set up national mechanism to address issues of women and children and added that her outfit was also taking steps to get an international network for children to assess their welfare and address their needs among others.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour

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